Are people really this clueless with computers?

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  1. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    So Im at Wal-Mart (I Know) looking for some DVD +R DL media that isn't Memorex, since for some reason my iMac doesn't like Memorex. Anyway I overhear a conversation and 2 guys are talking and one of them is explaining a Wifi finder. I walked over an isle and came back and this is what I heard:

    Guy 1: Yeah I can't believe it's that cheap (pointing to a 4GB Flash Drive for $19.95)
    Guy 2: I think I might get one
    Guy 1: Yeah most computers don't hold that much
    Guy 2: Yeah
    Guy 1: Yeah most hard drives don't even hold 4GB

    And that's when I left cause I couldn't take the stupidity anymore, but what did I expect from Wal-Mart? :) At first I thought maybe he was confused and talking about RAM, but he specifically said Hard Drives!
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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  3. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    While I have no doubt that he was a moron, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was taking about USB hard drives.
     
  4. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    ...Which would still be the same thing as internal hard drives?
     
  5. Purple Pelican macrumors member

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    Yes. You should see what they get at tech support.

    Rep: Hello, this is Toshiba customer support, how may I help you?

    Customer: Yes, I broke the cup-holder on my new laptop.

    Rep: Sir, we do not ship laptops with cup-holders.

    Customer: I'm talking about the thing that slides out of the side when you press the button....
     
  6. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    I meant USB flash drives.
     
  7. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Unless he had a very old computer, and just wasn't tech savvy to keep up with the time. I remember an old comp I had, that only had 50 mb hard drive. :rolleyes:
     
  8. doubleohseven macrumors 6502a

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    If he said that 10 years ago he would have made sense.
     
  9. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Are you familiar with hyperbole?
     
  10. todd2000 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Believe me he was being serious. :)
     
  11. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    Gotta love that tech support.
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Gotta love people who know nothing about computers!
     
  13. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    about the DVDs, maybe you should try DVD-R DLs?
     
  14. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    Ah, I would say at least half of my friends wouldn't even know what a "gigabyte" is. I have one friend, god help her, she is continuously asking me how to install Microsoft Office. Umm....You insert the disc and hit "Next" about 50 times, how hard as that?! She also can't work an iPod.

    Her major in college?

    Teaching.
     
  15. todd2000 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    According to System Profiler, and the box, my iMac only supports +R DL.
     
  16. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    ^ hmm i thought all Macs that have a DL superdrive support DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL? i may be wrong as my MBP only has a single layer superdrive.
     
  17. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    from time to time I have customers in my shop that do not knoew they can use the memorycard in their camera more than once. Others use their digital camera in the same way they did with their analog ones. When the film/card is full they pop in to develop their prints and put a new film in or wipe the card. I used to sell memorycards smaller than 512 Mb to them since that fits an one CD.
     
  18. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    I find the OP to be very condescending, those two people aren't even proclaiming they know computers well. Just take it as good for a chuckle and leave it as that, there's no need to call them stupid. Also, it's stereotypical to suggest people who shop at Wal-mart aren't bright.
     
  19. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You should hear the questions my mother asks me, and how often. And she just retired after 30+ years! Thankfully, she taught music (and pretty damn well at that,) instead of technology.
     
  20. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

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    A colleague asked me to read an email from her daughter who came to work at our place over the summer. I know I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi but the spelling was atrocious.

    What's she going to be when she finishes her degree?

    A teacher :rolleyes:
     
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  22. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    Yeah it's just proof that people are smart, but in different ways.

    Very good guess ;) I'm not sure what her degree is called exactly, I try and talk to this girl as little as possible to avoid troubleshooting her every computer problem. I just know after she wasn't able to get into the radiology program she switched over to to the..."teaching" program :p
     
  23. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    thats ok, just Saturday my fiancées neighbor asked me if his brand new computer had a pentium 3 so he could encode MP3s...
     
  24. iShater macrumors 604

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    People are clueless about many things, cause each of us has our expertise, that is how we:

    - work with computers
    - cars
    - plumbing
    - financial markets
    - etc.

    pick some area you don't understand, I am sure someone is going to laugh at you and think you are clueless. :rolleyes:

    (And I bet the guy was talking about RAM on computers, not hard drives).
     

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